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According to, the Great Miami River is “a tributary of the Ohio River, approximately 160 miles (260 km) long, in southwestern Ohio and Indiana in the United States. The Great Miami flows through Dayton, Piqua, Troy, Hamilton, and Sidney”. This definition is rather neat and tidy, not words normally associated with a river. More importantly though, this definition lacks a certain amount of emotion that patrons of the river have come to associate with it. So I’ve decided to create my own definition. One that truly only suits me and my experiences with the Great Miami River and one that I won’t share. I won’t share it because it won’t be useful to you. It’s based in experience and a bit difficult to put into words.


University of Dayton Rivers Institute, Fitz Center for Leadership in Community, River Stewards, Great Miami River